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Aevah Hebda (20) and the Trenton Trojans scored a non-league win over Dearborn Heights Annapolis.

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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Trenton starts the year on the right foot (PHOTO)

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With a new year brings a healthy Trenton girls’ basketball team and the Trojans saw positive results right away.

In the team’s only action over the holiday break, Trenton knocked off Dearborn Annapolis 49-38 in a non-league contest.

Things started on the right foot for Trenton who turned an 10-5 lead at the end of the first into a 21-12 lead at the half.

“We had a really good first half defensively,” Coach Rob Sauter said. “I was really, really happy with our effort.”

Annapolis turned things around in the third quarter to outscore Trenton 17-9, but the Trojans still led by one (30-29) and outscored their opponent 19-9 in the final quarter to secure the victory.

“They came out pretty strong in the third quarter and we kind of struggled a little bit,” Sauter said. “We just talked about the urgency of it and how we had to clamp down defensively and just be more patient.

“And I thought we did those things.”

The team saw balanced scoring with six contributing points and three players with double-digit scoring.

Aevah Hebda led the way with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Kaylie Crowell finished with 12 points and six rebounds and Izzy Olds had 11 points and six rebounds.

“Izzy had probably one of her best games of the year,” Sauter said. “She had eleven points and really played well defensively and offensively also, so that was good.”

Sauter and his team had talked about the importance of keeping their opponent off the glass and did so by finishing the game with 37 rebounds.

Shelby Kohler had a nice game defensively and finished with five rebounds.

“She didn’t score a lot of points, but we ran a lot of the offense through her and she really did a good job of making our offense flow better.”

Sauter was pleased with the first win of the new year.

“We talked about how we wanted the new year to really change things for us,” he said. “We just really wanted to dedicate ourselves to being more focused and I thought we were very focused in the game.”

As the young team prepares for the bulk of its league season, Sauter says they will continue to work to get better on the offensive side of things.

“For us being so young, it’s just about getting better every game and getting the younger kids better,” he said. “In every game we’re just gaining more and more experience and it will hopefully make us better.”

The Trojans will host Allen Park tomorrow.

Last Updated: 1/7/2014 7:12:15 PM EST